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Porkaalam (Tamil: பொற்காலம் English: Golden Age) is a 1997 Indian Tamil drama film written and directed by Cheran. The film has Murali, Meena, Sanghavi, Rajeshwari and Vadivelu in key roles. It was later remade in Telugu as Manikyam with Meka Srikanth, in Kannada as Odahuttidavalu with Ravichandran in 2006 and in Bollywood as Meri Pyaari Bahania Banegi Dulhania with Mithun Chakraborty in 2001. Porkaalam was one among 1997 Deepavali releases and became a huge success.
The film deals with the social stigma associated with a handicapped girl in a rural milieu. Murali is a potter by profession. He has a sister, who is born dumb. Murali has to struggle a lot as the handicraft industry is a dying industry and a good amount of money is taken away by his father (Manivannan), who is a drunkard and a gambler. But, he tries to hide his sorrows by having fun with his sister and servant (Vadivelu), who is also his trusted friend. He is in love with his neighbour (Meena), a weaver. He wants to get his sister married to a noble man. But many reject her as she is dumb. Finally, one man agrees to marry his sister but on condition that Murali must offer dowry. Murali then sells many things dearer to him to get money for the dowry. But, that money is taken away by his father and the marriage falls through. Yet Vadivelu offers to marry his sister without asking dowry and Murali goes home along with Vadivelu to convey this happy news to his sister. But it was too late as the sister commits suicide. Murali as a penance decides to marry a handicapped girl.Murali as Manikam
Meena as Maragadham
Manivannan as Manikam father
The soundtrack album and background score were composed by Deva. The lyrics were penned by Vairamuthu.
The movie generally received positive reviews. Krishna Sivarampuram said, "... very few have the ability to make the viewers think... And only two or three have the rare ability to combine a good comedy line with a tear-jerker...Cheran seems to have revived this genre of film making".
The film was successful at the box office. This film running 175 days in 20 theaters.Cheran won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Director
meena won Tamil Nadu State Film Award for Best Actress